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Two Original Series Centered On Latino Stories Are Being Developed By Gina Rodriguez’s Production Company For CBS And The CW

According to Deadline, Gina Rodriguez will be bringing several series about immigration and the Latino experience to CBS and the CW. Announced the same week that DACA was rescinded, it certainly was a bit of good news to learn that more Latino stories could be coming to TV. Rodriguez will be executive producing the shows, which is a big deal, as many have pointed out that producing, directing and having “above the line” jobs are what will begin to make a difference in bringing more Latino characters, actors, and stories to the forefront. The shows will go into development, which means they will have to advance through several phases before they are finally greenlit to air on TV.

Gina Rodriguez revealed via her Twitter account that she’ll be bringing Latino and immigrant stories to the screen.

One of the shows is “Illegal,” based on the life experiences of writer and co-executive producer Rafael Agustin.

Deadline describes Agustín’s story:

“The Ecuador-born Agustin grew up in America, and it was not until high school when he learned that, like his parents, he was undocumented. “Illegal” is described as a light one-hour about sixteen year old Rafael. He is a charming but bumbling high school student just trying to survive puberty. But when this all-American teenager discovers that he is not American at all, his perfect Honor Roll world is turned upside down.”

Rodriguez’s production company is also working on a medical drama titled “Have Mercy.”

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The show will be written and executive produced by Dailyn Rodriguez, the executive producer of “Queen of The South.” Deadline outlines the show:

“Have Mercy centers around a Latina doctor unable to practice when she immigrates to Miami who begins work as a nurse’s assistant, but risks everything when she opens a makeshift clinic in her apartment to serve the community.”

Her production company “I Can & I Will Productions” will also be working on a series adaptation of the Steve Martin film “L.A. Story.”

Now, all we need to find out is who will be cast in these projects? We have a sneaking suspicion about one actress…

This love of mine ❤️? #Hermanas

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CBS Pledges to Make the Casts of ‘Survivor’ and ‘Big Brother’ 50% People of Color

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CBS Pledges to Make the Casts of ‘Survivor’ and ‘Big Brother’ 50% People of Color

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CBS just announced that it is committing to making at least 50% of the casts of their unscripted shows Black, Indigenous, or people of color (BIPOC). CBS also announced that they are devoting 25% of their unscripted budget to BIPOC creators. The changes are expected to take effect in the 2021-2022 season.

“The reality TV genre is an area that’s especially underrepresented, and needs to be more inclusive across development, casting, production and all phases of storytelling,” said CBS CEO George Cheeks. “As we strive to improve all of these creative aspects, the commitments announced today are important first steps in sourcing new voices to create content and further expanding the diversity in our unscripted programming, as well as on our Network.”

CBS’s unscripted TV shows include fan-favorite staples like “Survivor”, “The Amazing Race”, “Big Brother”, and “Love Island”. The network has regularly come under fire for failing to cast diverse talent in both their scripted and unscripted programs. Unlike other broadcast networks like ABC (Grey’s Anatomy, literally any other Shondaland show) or NBC (This Is Us, Superstore), CBS has a reputation for white-washing its programming.

Last year, a former CBS Diversity & Inclusion executive wrote an op-ed in Variety accusing the company of having a “white problem”.

“While CBS proudly touts its diversity programs, a close look beneath the surface reveals that the company is unconcerned about creating space for minorities,” wrote Whitney Davis, who is a Black woman. “CBS continues to promote its diversity initiatives in public, while internally minorities are practically invisible.” 

In June of this year, a group of Black “Survivor” alumni created a petition demanding that the stalwart show make 30% of its cast BIPOC. They also asked that BIPOC are given “equitable screen time and opportunities to participate in marketing and promotional events.” The show’s Black alumni alleged that they were ostracized, gaslighted, and short-shrifted while they were contestants on the show. The petition received almost 8,000 signatures to-date.

As is expected, fan reactions have been mixed. Some people are happy that CBS is making the effort to fix the structural problems of their company. But others feel that the commitment is forced and will result in BIPOC cast members being treated as tokens.

This person is confident that CBS’s unscripted shows will simply improve by including more people of color on their cast lists.

If anything, this decision will add some much-needed change to their tired formulas.

This person was ready to submit their application.

Now that people know the playing field is more even, we’re sure that CBS will receive a more diverse pool of applications.

This person has doubts as to how CBS will approach choosing and casting POC.

It’s one thing to talk about diversity, but it’s another thing to actually choose people who represent a range of diverse cultures.

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“Riverdale” Production Put To A Stop Over Coronavirus Concerns

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“Riverdale” Production Put To A Stop Over Coronavirus Concerns

Something spooky has come to the town of Riverdale and it ain’t Sabrina Spellman.

Amidst the coronavirus scare the beloved teen drama series has announced that it has halted production.

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According to Variety, “Riverdale” put a pause on production after a member of production — no news yet if it is cast or crew — reportedly came in contact with someone diagnosed with coronavirus. The suspension comes at a time that the series is filming its fourth season and hysteria has shut down various other events. Recently it was announced by Deadline that The Kids’ Choice Awards have been postponed.

“The Kids’ Choice Awards scheduled for March 22, 2020, in Los Angeles is being postponed in consideration of the safety and well-being of every person involved with the show, which is our top priority. We will have further information about a new date in the future,” the statement published by Deadline read. Earlier this week it was announced that the NBA suspended its current season.

Coronavirus is a highly contagious respiratory disease but there are preventative measures you can take to protect yourself.

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Do your part in avoiding spreading the disease and getting sick by heeding the advice of the Centers for Disease Control. Measures for preventative action include washing your hands often for 20 seconds or more, putting distance between yourself and other people, and staying home if you feel sick.

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